A cutting-edge novel of international crime and its consequences, from Nigeria to Russia to Washington, from the former deputy assistant secretary of state. We laugh when it pops up in our inbox: the scam letter promising a windfall. We wonder: How does anybody fall for these things? But it is no laughing matter. It is one of the biggest organized crime rackets in the world, it is deadly - and State Department crisis manager Judd Ryker has fallen right into the middle of it. The disappearance of a young American in London sends Ryker into the heart of a corruption scandal in Nigeria, at the same time his CIA agent wife Jessica finds herself chasing a Russian master criminal known as the Bear. Unknown to either of them, they are pulling at two ends of the same lethal thread, a staggeringly vicious enterprise of piracy, extortion, and murder. The world is messy and dangerous, Jessica warns her husband.More dangerous than you know. But he is about to find out.
About the Author
Todd Moss is Senior Fellow at the Center for Global Development, a Washington DC think tank, and a nonresident scholar at Rice University's Baker Institute. From 2007 to 2008, he served as Deputy Assistant Secretary of State, where he was responsible for diplomatic relations with sixteen West African countries. Previously, Moss worked at the World Bank and the Economist Intelligence Unit, and taught at the London School of Economics and Georgetown University. He is the author of four nonfiction books on international affairs and the Judd Ryker thriller series, including The Golden Hour, Minute Zero, Ghosts of Havana, and The Shadow List. He lives in Maryland.